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Published On: Mon, Aug 6th, 2018

2019: Defections not a threat to Buhari’s victory -Ndume

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From Mustapha Isah Kwaru, Maiduguri

Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume reiterated earlier assertion that the recent massive defections of some National Assembly members from the All Progressives Congress, (APC) will not in any way pose threat to the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari comes 2019 general elections.
Senator Ndume, who represents Borno South said this while speaking to newsmen in Maiduguri at the weekend.
He said President Buhari remains the most credible, acceptable and popular candidate by Nigerians and the defectors got it wrong. The senator said the defectors have even increase Buhari’s popularity, saying they are at the wrong directions.
“If you think you defects to undermine Buhari’s victory, then you are wrong; because the president has support of the electorates. The defectors are the ones to lose because their people didn’t defect,” he noted.
He described the defectors as a group that gang up’ against Buhari, as a ploy to a plot to frustrate his victory in the 2019 general elections, due to his intense anti-corruption crusade, believing that it will affect them if he returns in the second tenure.
Ndume criticized all the defectors, alleging that they committed “illegality”.
“The law says when you are elected on the platform of a party, you can only defect from that party by the instrument of a faction within that party.
“As it is today, there is no faction within the APC in the legal sense of it. There is only rAPC; and rAPC is not a faction of the APC by law. If you defect from your party, not on the basis of a faction, you lose whatever position you attain by the vehicle of that party,” he said.

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